Importance of regular pet dental healthcare

By September 28, 2015 January 16th, 2017 Blog, regular veterinary dental care

The importance of giving your dog or cat a clean mouth is overlooked all to many times.  Having dog or cat breath isn’t normal for these guys and usually is an indication that there is some degree of oral disease going on.  This could range from mild gingivitis to full tooth abscess.  Our veterinarians in Tampa recommend being proactive about your pet’s oral health and have many ways to help you accomplish this task.  This all begins with assessing what your pet’s teeth and gums look like by the veterinarian now and developing a treatment plan.

Imagine if you never brushed your teeth….not a very pleasant thought.  For most of our veterinary patients, this is the norm. Yes, chewing on treats and toys helps a little but not enough to keep the plaque and bacteria from attaching to the tooth surfaces and causing problems.  The rule of thumb is brush your pet’s teeth as often as possible but our vets in Tampa realize this isn’t always possible.  Try to get in there at least once a week and  brush for 15 -20 seconds.  The process of brushing doesn’t have to be a bad experience for your or your pet. If you call our Beach Park veterinary team in Tampa, we will be more than happy to help your through it.  It is important to use proper toothpaste and slowly introduce the process to your pet.  If your go to our website at you can watch a short video about how to brush your dogs teeth or for a video for cats.

Just like with humans, even with regular brushing, a full dental cleaning is occasionally required.  During your pet’s yearly preventative visit, one of the main areas our veterinarians in Tampa look at is the oral cavity.  This is when it is decided whether a cleaning is required or further home care is recommended.  If a cleaning is recommended, it is important to get is done as soon as possible.  Postponing these cleanings when they are initially recommended can lead to severe dental disease such as periodontal disease, tooth abscesses, tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw do to chronic dental infections.  Getting to these mouths when they are in the cleaning stage is both less expensive for your and safer for your dog or cat.  Over the years, our veterinary team has seen to many teeth that could have been saved if regular cleanings were performed.

Regular veterinary dental care is one of the ways you can give your pet a longer, healthier life.  This is one part of the puzzle when developing a great preventative program for your dog or cat.  It has been shown many times in the human medical literature that oral health is linked to your bodies overall health and the same principles apply in veterinary medicine.


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